The Food Stamp debit machines have been restored in all 17 states after a system failure happened yesterday, October 12, according to a report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 13. According to this article, after routine maintenance by Xerox, which is the company who provides the EBT and SNAP benefit debit style machines, the system went down in 17 states nationwide yesterday. Some thought it was due to the Government shutdown, however it was not.
Because of the system going down, many shoppers in Maine actually left their shopping carts filled with food and walked out of the grocery store. This is because they found out they wouldn't be able to use their EBT or SNAP cards and couldn't afford the food otherwise.
Some grocery store merchants in Ohio were able to work with customers and provide them with an emergency food voucher worth up to $50 so they would have food until the system came back up. Luckily, today it came back up and is running normal again.