The system for the food stamp debit-like cards, also called EBT cards, went down on Saturday in 17 states. The electronic system used at the stores to process purchases wasn’t working. The food stamp system went down as Xerox, which runs the electronic system, did a routine test on Saturday, which somehow caused the crash of the electronic system in 17 states, according to The Inquisitr via Yahoo News on Oct. 12.
This went on for most of the day on Saturday with Xerox announcing that the system was restored at 10:30 p.m. last night in all of the 17 states where it wasn’t working earlier. Xerox also apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused.
This systems failure left hundreds of thousands of families unable to purchase food with their food stamp EBT card yesterday, as the system went down about 10:30 a.m. on one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the week.
The EBT cards also have other benefits attached to it, such as cash benefits and the WIC program for families. In the wake of the food stamp system down, full carts of groceries were abandoned in stores in places like Maine, New Jersey and Ohio, which were three of the 17 states where the food stamp EBT cards weren’t working.
Yesterday’s food stamp and EBT card problems went on for about 12 hours, but it was a reminder of how quickly a system failure can effect hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. Some folks out there have their homes stocked with food and supplies in case a nationwide event ever closed down the electronic systems that are used to keep the financial structure of the nation going.
The country is run on computers today. The folks who couldn’t get their grocery shopping done experienced just a glimpse of what it would be like when a system is rendered useless even for a few hours.