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People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.

"While the electronic benefits system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon," Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in an emailed statement. "Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available. We appreciate our clients' patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible."

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown.

Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn't get their benefits, said fellow shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.

"That's a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced," Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. "You don't want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity," she said.

Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day's store flyer discounts next week.

Wasmer said the affected states also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Ohio's cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's cash system has been fixed, but he said that its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. Johnson said Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. Recipients of the state's supplemental nutrition assistance program, or SNAP, should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process.

Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards

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UPDATE:

 

Obama Ends Food Stamp Programs In Nov: The American People Are Pawns

 

 

He is having EBT shut down immediately in November, which poses the threat of riots, amongst other things.

 

You need to learn how to read and to stop trusting the interpretation of loons.

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What will the fat people do ... :shifty:

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Regardless of impact, I just love when these elektronik shystems crash and burn. Yet again it shows that we're still in the caveman phase of software engineering.

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You need to learn how to read and to stop trusting the interpretation of loons.

well, I don't trust those news or weather news on tv like rain comes or not sometimes. I don't know if this news comes true or not. We will see and wait. did you see that fox news on that website?

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well, I don't trust those news or weather news on tv like rain comes or not sometimes. I don't know if this news comes true or not. We will see and wait. did you see that fox news on that website?

 

Nope. I don't read Fox "news". When I want fiction, I go to the library. :p

 

If you want to know what that article you posted really says, read the letter they link to.

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What will the fat people do ... :shifty:

 

it is an easy mode to get fitter :P

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well, I don't trust those news or weather news on tv like rain comes or not sometimes. I don't know if this news comes true or not. We will see and wait.

You don't have to wait, you can simply read the USDA letter linked to in the article. The idea that Obama would scrap the food stamp programme is absurd.

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Sometime we ignore this sort of things and also suffer a lot as well .Thanks you for the tips.

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We wish you a merry welfare and a happy food stamp.

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I only wish it would be eliminated, only wish.....

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well, I don't trust those news or weather news on tv like rain comes or not sometimes. I don't know if this news comes true or not. We will see and wait. did you see that fox news on that website?

 

Fox News? you trust them?

 

I don't.  They are BS

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