EBT Card Outage? 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are Still Waiting For Food Stamp Money

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system.  It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly.  So what in the world is going on here?  On downdetector.com there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation.  Could this simply be another example of government incompetence, or is something else at work here?

I had heard some rumblings about this over the past few days, but I had not really taken them seriously until I read an article from highly respected author Ray Gano

It interesting over the weekend I got several emails telling me about cell phones being down, internet being down, and get this, EBT cards not working and having no money associated to them.


This is a concern because when the US Government has payment failures, then there is possibly something happening that the press is not telling you about.


Now, we know that computers have problems and that states, counties and cities run on computers. But what is interesting is that since the beginning of 2016, The US government has had over 2,700 reports on downdetector.com showing that they have been late loading the money onto these EBT cards.


Folks, we are now going on 8 days where the Government has not paid the EBT payments so that people have food.

So I went over to downdetector.com myself, and I was stunned to see that reports of EBT outages continue to pour in every hour.  Here are just a few of the recent comments that have been left by people that are still waiting for their food stamp benefits for June…

Heidi Lynn: I was supposed to get mine on the 5th and still nothing. Even ebt NJ site says $0 as well as my EBT card says $0. I’m on disability. I forgot to add I tried calling NJ Board of Services and was on hold for over an hour. I had to hang up to take dog out, etc. Does anyone know what’s going on yet?


Ann Wilson: Now that it’s been a whole week since I was supposed to get my June benefits, and haven’t, I’m planning on going to my Illinois FCRC office. I hope they will be able to fix this difficulty.


Jenn Johnson: I always get mine on time. I was due to get mine today June 7th and nothing. I am from kentucky. Why is there nothing on the news about this?


Jarrett Manhart: Havnt received mine either. They are never late. And my fone is off so i cant call em. Im on Wi-Fi down the street from me.


Sunny Nicole Jones: I haven’t gotten mine either! I’m glad it’s not just me though because then I would really be worried!

But when I went to confirm these widespread outages with articles from the mainstream media, I came up empty.

Either the mainstream media does not know what is going on yet, or it is being ignored.

If you have not gotten your EBT benefits for this month yet or you know someone that is in that position, please feel free to let me know.  I want to get to the bottom of this.  There are people all over the nation that are reporting problems with the food stamp system, but nobody seems to know exactly how widespread this issue is just yet.

Today there are well over 40 million Americans on food stamps, and a lot of them would start rioting tomorrow if you told them that their food stamp cards were being turned off permanently.

EBT cards are the modern equivalent of the bread lines of the 1930s.  Instead of having to wait in long lines for food, the government just zaps money on to EBT cards each month, and those that are hurting are able to get something to eat.

But down in Venezuela, extremely long food lines are a daily reality for much of the population right now.  The following comes from the Daily Mail

Venezuela was once South America’s richest nation, but a fall in oil prices combined with other economic problems has led to desperate citizens taking drastic measures.


Nearly half of Venezuelans say they can no longer afford to eat three meals a day, according to a recent poll by the local firm Venebarometro. The poll surveyed 1,200 adults at their homes during the first week of April and had a margin of error of plus or minus of about two percentage points


Those who can, cross the border into Colombia to buy, bring back and then use or sell food and other basic commodities.

Could you imagine not being able to provide three meals a day for your family any longer?

Close to half the population of Venezuela is already in that position, and the economic collapse down there grows worse with each passing day.

Most Americans just assume that nothing like that could ever happen here.

Most Americans just assume that the government will always have plenty of money to give out.

As I mentioned above, there are well over 40 million Americans that receive EBT benefits.

However, when you factor in all government programs, more than 100 million Americans get some form of money or benefits from the federal government each month.

So what would happen someday if suddenly the spigot was turned off?

What would those 100 million people do?

How would they survive?

Hopefully this current EBT outage is just a temporary technical glitch, and hopefully the government will get it fixed in short order.

But someday there will be a major crisis that will cause food stamp benefits to be cut off either permanently or for an extended period of time.

When that day arrives, what will that do to our communities?

This is coming soon...

As SHTFPlan.com's Mac Slavo notes, this isn’t the first such incident and it certainly won’t be the last as an evermore impoverished populace becomes increasingly dependent on government handouts.

In 2013 we reported that the EBT card acceptance system in 16 states crashed, leaving thousands with no way to put food on their dinner tables. As further evidence of what may happen following a widespread outage wherein those on government assistance have no way of buying food and other necessities, consider what this woman had to say:

I go to the register and they ask me “how you going to pay.”


I said with food stamps.


“Oh, we’re shut down, you can’t pay with food stamps.”


I got kids to feed. You know?


And because the government’s down I can’t feed my family?



What’s going on with America? Now they trying to starve us to death?


…This is crazy


…I got six kids I have to feed.



I’m just trying to figure out how to get something to eat.

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chomu's picture

Buy a damn fishing pole and grow some veggies slackers

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Get back in there and turn those machines on.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Prepare extra dose of Soma for passification of angry mass of citizenry.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture







DownWithYogaPants's picture

Open season?  I think that's what we'll be putting on the minorities as we slow roast then over a fire.  Minorities have average IQs too low to win any battle of this type.  MDB likes to ride the very very short bus as often as he can.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


"They love that Fruit Loops. If you take that shit [EBT]...nigger is comin wit da madness!"



Looney's picture


Today there are well over 40 million Americans on food stamps


Exceptional, aren’t we?


COSMOS's picture

They can just go to the store and take whatever they need, a judge in Italy ruled that if you steal food its not a crime. I am sure Obummer's court appointees will rule the same way.

J S Bach's picture

Is anyone as loathe as me watching the simianess bellowing in disbelief, "Howmygonnafeedmahfamlee?!"

The lack of dignity, pride, humility or whatever other virtue one can muster is surreal.

No thanks, no shame... just arrogant expectancy.

When will this unjust travesty of a disfunctional, disgenic, socialist system end?!

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) J S Bach Jun 9, 2016 8:56 AM

"Gimme my FREE $HIT or I gonna bust a cap in yo azz."

philipat's picture

Sorry but somebody had to say it; get a fucking job...

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) philipat Jun 9, 2016 9:58 AM

Times 1000, philipat!


(But where's my frickin social security deposit?)

El Vaquero's picture

The more dependent you are on the government, the more you are its slave.


And I doubt this is widespread.  Otherwise, there would be riots by this point in time. 

Shocker's picture

Sad to see so many dependent on food stamps. What a great recovery


Layoff List: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com


The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Shocker Jun 9, 2016 11:24 AM

Bill Gates has the answer for these poor, hungry EBT card holders.  Keep a few chickens around the house.  Seriously.


DirkDiggler11's picture

A chicken under every cot says Gates...

Okienomics's picture

Most urban area have criminalized self sufficiency, i.e., owning chickens is a crime.  

Old Poor Richard's picture

Most Iowa rural towns have outlawed owning chickens.  On the other hand, in my snobby Boston suburb where the average house costs $1M, it is legal to own up to 5 hens without a variance.

BandGap's picture

I own chickens. 2 dozen eggs a week. Efficient food source, the buggers eat anything.


A Pimp's love is different's picture

You can eat your dinner eat your pork & beans, I eat more chicken any man's ever seen!

Cruel Aid's picture

Sure id like to see billy boy order the chicken.

DirkDiggler11's picture

Billy Boy is too busy right now choking on dicks at the Bilderberg meeting of the puppet-master oligarchs.

True Blue's picture

And I thought that the chickens were just there to teach their kids how to walk...

Son of Loki's picture

Well, chickens can't walk with their jeans hanging down below their balls with their butts and dirty jockeys exposed.

ModernMusket's picture

Ah,yes, but chickens can teach them to walk...

ModernMusket's picture

Ah,yes, but chickens can teach them to walk...

mary mary's picture

Keeping chickens is an excellent libertarian idea.  So... Big Ag doesn't like it.

SuperRay's picture

This is jamie dimon keeping all the money for himself. How else could a banker become a billionaire.

wanwer's picture

They'd have a big party and eat all the chickens.  What happens on Monday?

wanwer's picture

They'd have a party and eat all the chickens.  What happens on Monday?

consider me gone's picture

Hey, don't laugh, I was in EBT land yesterday. Deys got da chikunz.

Muddy1's picture

Green shoots coming up everywhere

SystemsIdentified's picture

hmm system test to see where is the breaking point?

ShihTzuHappens's picture

That was my first thought, still is my belief too.

Angelo Misterioso's picture

my son jumped on the jobs posting on craigslist and within 2 days he had 5 offers and one job was for some decent money - others were $12-14 - there were hundreds of listings in the county - majority of the EBT'ers are just lazy people who don't want to work - every type of job imaginable was on that list - antidotal but i think true across the country....

McCormick No. 9's picture

Antidotal indeed, as in, work is an antidote for no money, or, work is an antidote for hunger.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Well played. I told all my friends, thru anecdote, about your witty response.

Still Mr. Misterio raises an interesting point and I've seen the same thing on craigslist myself in the upstate NY region.

I've got my eye on a craigslisted position in Woodstock VT. Only 10 mins over the border from Lebanon NH.

I could join the free state project AND be 20 mins from Dartmouth.

Plus I could get the hell outta NY.



brokenspoke's picture

But but but, they require a drug test.

Son of Loki's picture

That's why people hire Mexicans; very willing to work hard for long hours. The EBT'ers simply are lazy; alot has to do with culture.  Have you ever seen the movie, "Precious?"

crossroaddemon's picture

I know lots of people who get EBT. They mostly have jobs.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) crossroaddemon Jun 10, 2016 10:21 AM

85% of Hispanics are on some sort of welfare.

keep those borders wide open

Nick Jihad's picture

or get a husband and father.

Chris Dakota's picture

Muhamed Ali's memorial in Louisville is being held at the "Yum KFC Center."

ya can't make this shit up...

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

I did have the misfortune of going into walmart today at around noon. Thought it would be swamped....but parked at the front door and got my items with ease and actually shopped a little bit versus rushing in and out because noone was there. At checkout, there were at least 3 registers with the attendants standing out in the aisle waiting for people. Wow. I hope this is not the problem....if so, let me know when they turn back on because I don't want to be anywhere near a store.... 

0b1knob's picture


< Random government phuckup.

< Deliberate plan to create chaos so Obama can take emergency third term.

froze25's picture

Probably just a phuckup.