Food stamps outage

People in Ohio, Michigan, and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. results in a system failure.

Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn’t access their benefits.

Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed Saturday afternoon that some EBT systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon.