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System Change Will Make Floridians’ EBT Cards Temporarily Inactive Monday

By on September 12th, 2013

A record high 3.5 million Floridians are on food stamps.

That is one out of every six people in the state. SNAP, the state agency in charge of the program, is changing vendors.

For several hours on Monday, Florida’s millions of electronic benefits cards will not work.

The Department of Children and Families told recipients to prepare for the one-day downtime by buying extra groceries this weekend.

“They’re taking every effort that they can to get families that would receive benefits during that time to get that loaded to their cards early, so that they can plan for that in advance,” said Jenn Petion, Director of Community and Government Relations for Partnership with Strong Families.

DCF in Gainesville offered a little help by sharing baked goods for people to take home to better prepare themselves. The dry goods will be available again on Friday.

“Since that I know that it won’t be working I’ll try to shop earlier and try to prepare and get the things that I need before time,” said Gainesville Resident, Mozell London.

Some adults who went also brought their children with them.

The switch to e-funds will officially take place at midnight on Monday, and the cards will hopefully be working again by Monday night.

Switching to the new system will save $21 million.

New EBT cards will not be needed, it is just the system change that will force the Monday outage.

DCF worked with e-funds and Florida retailers to make the transition as smooth as possible.

A new gallup poll found 1 in 5 Americans have struggled at times to afford food. Gallup asked the question regularly, and this statistic is the highest it has been since October 2011 amid the recession.


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  • Peachez

    My question, if anyone know. Will my remaining balance be gone if I don’t use it? I am hearing a lot of folks saying this and I can’t get through to customer service. If anyone can answer this I would gladly appreciate it.

    • pissedoff taxpayer

      Get a job and you wont need it.

      • nunya

        Seriously??? There are a lot of people out there with jobs, paying taxes, that still cant afford groceries. Have you ever had to decide between washing your laundry or eating? Buying diapers for your child, or food??? Then stop being so judgmental.

  • Sandy Carrington

    The system is already down…….

  • NoMoreWelfare

    Get a job, Peachez.

  • davidvoth

    Behold the Great Society.

  • Sugar Daddy

    The system has been broken for a long time. They mean that because of the system being down it will save 21 million dollars. But it will be back up and they will suck the system dry once again.

  • I_KICK_HIPPIES
  • Greggy_D

    Make the cards permanently inactive.

  • ICTDigger

    Yo we ain got times fo dat! Ma bebe wana to b eatn.

  • TheTruth

    I am a woman rescued just months ago from an extremely abusive situation. I was recently relocated, lost everything I owned for my daughter and myself, and am looking for a job between all the legal crap and therapy referrals, but until then I am using foodstamps to feed myself and my daughter (who takes a very special, very expensive formula because she was born 3 months premature). I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. I am white. The things some of you are saying, the stereotypes and rude comments, are absolutely sickening. You know nothing about people who use foodstamps. For every stereotypical ghetto bitch that abuses the system, there are 10 people like me who really need it for a little bit.

    • TheTruth

      And furthermore, why are you “taxpayers” so outraged by my measly 200/month? How much of your taxes are lining government employee pockets in excess? Being used to bail out banks and start wars?

      • dikfor

        If you have no money to feed yourself or your child, how are you able to post your problems on the internet?

        • davidvoth

          Cut her some slack, dikfor. Many public libraries have Internet-connected computers that people can use for free.

          • TheTruth

            If it’s any of your business, dikfor, the kind people who have taken my daughter and I in (to keep us from being stuck in a dangerous shelter) have computers and Internet access they allow me to use.

        • Char

          You are an IDIOT!

        • keithajarvis1

          Hey dikfor – your user name is pretty close to true, should be dickhead – every hear of a public library? they have internet access, even for you!

  • Jose Ortega

    The SNAP program MUST be promptly terminated so it can be reconfigured to reject unhealthy foods.

    It is unfair that an unemployed or under employed slacker eats better than a person working one or two jobs. I am in favor of supplying ONLY healthy basics like fresh eggs, margarine, powdered milk, frozen vegetables, frozen raw chicken, and frozen beef patties. If they want a hot drink they can ingest green tea.

    All food groups that contain sugar, and high calories must be banned from purchase.

    The vast majority of the SNAP recipients, and their children are borderline and/or type 2 diabetics. It is unfair for taxpayers to both feed these people and then be forced to pay their medical bills for the treatment of diabetes.

    • keithajarvis1

      were do you get your “facts”, Jose? let me guess, it’s a tv channel, right? can we all guess which one? cite your reference for the statement about the “vast majority” – love the qualitative use of the word “slacker”, too, another faux fact? lots of love for your latino brothers and sisters – impressive! I wonder who will define what is healthy for everyone else on the planet – let me guess, Jose’s ego?

  • keithajarvis1

    WUFT – SNAP is not a Florida state agency, by the way, it is a Federal program. I assume that is a “typo”? Love all of the comments by the “enlightened” Gainesvillians – conservative local radio, tv and print works great, huh? If you have been in Gainesville long enough, you gotta love the Redneckification of a once progressive place. Carry on, haters!

 

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