Food stamp recipients in 17 states, and in our area as well, were unable to use their EBT cards to buy groceries today.
The debit card-style benefits system is operated by Xerox. Today, the system failed in a power outage at the main data center in Mississippi.
Xerox said the system is now back online. We received a number of calls from people in our area that could not purchase food because of the glitch.
Xerox said the service failure is unrelated to the government shutdown.