EBT system down for some parts of US, CNY apparently not affected

An apparent computer glitch knocked out use of benefit cards in some parts of the country, with CNY apparently not affected

Some grocery and food shoppers who were trying to used government benefit cards to pay got a rude awakening on Saturday morning: their EBT cards were not working.

A check here in Central New York, however, showed that grocery chains were apparently unaffected.

We are being told that a technical services vendor (Xerox) had a power outage which did affect being able to pay with a benefits card in several states. As of early Saturday afternoon, the debit system was back up and the SNAP program was being rebooted, with expectations that all services would be back up shortly.