EBT/Food Stamps transaction problems
Portsmouth, VA — Virginia is just one of more than a dozen states where food stamp money was not available Saturday.
That's because, the Electronic Balance Transfer System, that operates the debit style cards went down.
Those who use the cards say they were caught off guard.
Officials say the system failure is the result of a power outage at a Xerox facility and not part of the government shutdown.
Xerox is the vendor for the EBT systems in many states.