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Food stamp recipients unable to use SNAP EBT cards

Food stamp recipients in 17 states were unable to use their SNAP EBT cards to buy groceries Saturday.
Food stamp recipients in 17 states were unable to use their SNAP EBT cards to buy groceries Saturday.

The debit card-style benefits system operated in some places by Xerox, failed in a power outage during a routine check at the main data center in Mississippi.

Xerox instructed retailers to use their manual system until the problem is resolved. Xerox said the system should be back online shortly.

A spokesperson for Louisiana DCFS says, “The company that maintains SNAP EBT card services for the State of Louisiana is currently experiencing multi-state service problems. Retail SNAP transactions are impacted, but the company is working quickly to restore service. This issue is temporary and not related to the Federal Government Shutdown."

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