Video: EBT System Crash: 16 States Out of Service: “How Am I Going to Feed My Family?”
October 12th, 2013
The Electronic Benefits Transfer system responsible for providing 50,000,000 Americans the means to put food on the table has crashed.
The outage is reportedly affecting at least sixteen states.
Via The Organic Prepper:
Abandoned carts full of food were a frequent sight in grocery stores Saturday morning, as the EBT food assistance debit system stopped working without warning.
According to a Xerox spokesperson, a routine system check by the vendor resulted in system failure, leaving assistance recipients across the country with no way to buy food.
Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday afternoon that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown. Xerox runs EBT card systems for 17 states and all were affected by the outage. (source)