The electronic system retailers use to process food stamps shut down Saturday, affecting shoppers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and 15 other states.
Officials at Xerox, which runs the Electronic Benefits Transfer system, said it crashed during a routine test Saturday morning. The system lets retailers process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children benefits from customers.
The shutdown potentially affected hundreds of thousands of families across the region who buy food with EBT cards. More than 250,000 women and children receive WIC benefits in Pennsylvania, and nearly 170,000 in New Jersey.