We weren't expecting to see a loss of food stamp benefits until the end of January, but a grocery store in Indiana reported they are unable to process EBT payments and a store in Pennsylvania is unable to have necessary paperwork approved for them to continue accepting EBT.
In Clay City, Indiana, the local IGA discovered the problem last week. Initially, they thought it was a technical glitch.
"Our machines weren't taking any EBT cards and we didn't really know what was going on. We didn't know if it was a technical issue. And then we found out it was due to the government shutting down," Tristen Malone said. (source)
UPDATE: (This information became available AFTER the original article was published. I have edited to include this comment from the state government.)
Officials at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration have confirmed that issues with EBT payments at one Clay City grocery store are due to a technical error, and aren't related to the government shutdown, as the store's management previously claimed. (source)
However, no explanation has been forthcoming, nor has an estimated time the service will resume been provided
And although it's for a slightly different reason, The Red Lion store in York County, Pennsylvania has also had issues. New owners recently purchased the grocery store and sent in their application to accept government benefits before the shutdown occurred.
"Right now we're officially frozen because the government is shut down and we can't process our application."
Tom Lohr is the new owner of D & K.
He says they tried to get pre-approved for the license before the sale went through.