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Technical Glitch Shuts Down EBT System

It's the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, commonly referred to as food stamps.The system has been shutdown for hours in at least 17 states, including Indiana and Illinois. That means some customers cannot purchase groceries, and there's no time frame as to when it'll be up and running again.
Customers and stores across the country - and right here in the Wabash Valley - are reporting glitches with EBT cards.

It's the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, commonly referred to as food stamps.

The system has been shutdown for hours in at least 17 states, including Indiana and Illinois.

That means some customers cannot purchase groceries, and there's no time frame as to when it'll be up and running again.

Officials have released this statement about the glitch:

"EBT cards in a number of states have temporarily stopped working today due to a technical issue that the vendor that serves these states is experiencing. The vendor is working to fix this issue and EBT cards will work again once it is resolved. This issue is not related to the government shutdown."

Meanwhile, SNAP customers meanwhile can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. SNAP recipients should call the 800 number on the back of the card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process.
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