There has been distressing news coming out of Ohio today, Saturday, October 12, 2013, whereby the government shutdown is being blamed for shoppers all around the state as well as other states having their EBT cards rejected, forcing them to either use any other funds available to them to pay for groceries and other necessities, or leave shopping carts full of things behind.
EBT cardholders can call the phone number listed on the back of their cards to try and gain help, to discover their balance limits and other emergency information.
Anger has abounded when the EBT cards were rejected, and the assumption that the card rejection was due to the government shutdown was an automatic assumption, however, the EBT card error is being blamed on a computer problem and not the shutdown.
"While the 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," company spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer of the Xerox back-up system said in an emailed statement.
While there are many compassionate voices thinking about the negative effect that the EBT card food debit card failure may have on parents and families trying to buy food today, the dissenting voices about the issue has caused the #EBT hashtag on Twitter to be filled with varying opinions on the matter.
Thankfully, there is emergency relief available in some instances.
"Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available,” Wasmer wrote. “We appreciate our clients' patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible."
Sarah Kendzior wrote, "Many who use EBT are veterans or military wives. Those mocking welfare recipients while claiming to be patriotic Americans should take note."