LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- An Arkansas food stamp recipient says her debit card was shut down when she went to buy groceries Saturday at Wal Mart.
"It's pretty embarrassing to have groceries of all things, and having your kids in your basket and them saying that you can't get your things," says Malone. The single mother of two receives $526 in food stamps on the 12th of each month but this month the money was never deposited. "I got back to the house, I called the number of the card and I actually reached a person and was told that they're not showing any kind of sanctions or anything on the card, the money's just not there."
Malone and thousands of other food stamp recipients around the country reported similar issues on Saturday, when a power outage at an EBT service provider caused a glitch in the debit card system. But a DHS spokesman tells THV Arkansas uses a different service provider than other states, and Malone's issue is not related to the others. THV called several grocery stores in Little Rock and none reported issues with the debit cards. "Government assistance is nothing to be ashamed of. We all pay for it with every paycheck we get and I think it's fair we get our food," Malone added.