Electronic Food Stamp Payments Disrupted

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Jackson, Miss. An agency director says Mississippi is one of 17 states where electronic payments for food stamps were not working Saturday.

State Department of Human Services director Rickey Berry says Xerox, the company that handles the payments, was having computer problems but the situation was being fixed.

Berry says the problems are not because of a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is informally known as food stamps. It provides aid for low-income people. Recipients use electronic-benefit transfer cards similar to debit cards.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says his office received complaints about the cards being rejected in several Mississippi counties.

Eliza Shook, a cashier at Corner Grocery in Clarksdale, says many customers were upset about having to leave without food because the payments were failing.