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Problems with Food Stamp Debit Cards in Erie

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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.

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