Govt shutdown interfering with food stamp use

Govt shutdown interfering with food stamp use
YouTube, WSJ video

[Ed. – Bug — or feature?]

While so far there have been no major lapses in benefits for the nearly 39 million people who depend on food stamps amid the partial government shutdown, 2,500 retailers around the country are unable to take any form of SNAP EBT payments. …

[Transcript]

So far, there is no major lapse in benefits used by nearly 39 million people each month. That’s because of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It found a way to pay SNAP benefits, as they are called, earlier than normal. …

For 2,500 retailers, the problem is already here. That’s because those stores needed to renew a license for the Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT debit card program, and they failed to meet a deadline before the shutdown.

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