According to multiple news sources, the Electronic Benefit Transfer (Food Stamps) system has malfunctioned across the US Saturday morning.
The EBT system is an electronic system that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits via a magnetically encoded payment card.
WAFF 48 News reported “many concerned viewers have called about their EBT cards being turned away from local grocery stores.” They have received reports from locations including Arab, Decatur and Huntsville.
The report said the national and state websites for EBT are both currently down, but that the cause could not be verified.
WLOX 13 in Mississippi reported being flooded with phone calls from people who say their food stamps are being declined at stores across South Mississippi. WLOX said they also confirmed the EBT cards are not being accepted, however, were unable to determine the cause.
Wood TV 8 in Michigan reported the EBT system there had malfunctioned statewide Saturday morning.
The report stated “an official with the Michigan Department of Human Services told 24 Hour News 8 that the problem has to do with a systems update on the retailers end.”
Channel 19 Action News out of Ohio said people attempting to use their food assistance cards are being denied across their state, as well.