***New information concerning this matter has been updated within the article.***
Several people across the state are reporting EBT transactions not going through Saturday, October 12, 2013. Facebook posts indicating something is wrong with the EBT machines in Elkton area stores like Walmart and Northside Deli were seen earlier today. Then ABC2 ran a story about people calling into the station advising of the situation in Baltimore and other locations as well.
Some claims have come out that when people have called in to check on their EBT balance they were notified that it could not be checked at this time. Some are saying that the program has been shutdown. However, there is no official confirmation that the Maryland EBT program has shut down or that it will be a part of the government shutdown.
ABC2 tried to contact SNAP customer service to get more information concerning the issue to no avail. With this being a long weekend due to Columbus Day on Monday, there may not be a resolution for this until Tuesday. Best-case scenario it is resolved today. However, that seems unlikely. ABC2 is asking people to email them their stories of not being able to use their EBT card over the weekend and send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can keep the public updated.
Have you heard any reports of this today from people you know or have you experienced this? Do you think it may be glitch or possibly a shutdown of the program?
***UPDATE*** It appears SNAP is down due to an outage experienced by the vendor contracted to handle the system, XEROX. The company advises that it takes a while to reboot the system but the debit side is up and running. No ETA for the Food Stamp side but it is hope it will be operational soon.