According to report from Fox 13 News in Utah, the Federal Food Stamp Program, known in some areas as SNAP or EBT, could soon be cut off because of the government shutdown.
Whether this is another fear tactic being pushed by the Obama administration, or whether this is real deal, so far isn’t known. But if the report coming out of Utah is correct, we could see some major trouble in the coming months.
Over 47 million Americans are currently receiving food stamp benefits, a number that’s almost doubled during the last ten years. According to a letter sent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that was sent to the Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, those benefits could stop as early as next month.
The letter, which was posted on the groups Facebook page, directed states to “hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to state electronic benefit transfer vendors until further notice.”
Yesterday, we reported on the temporary shutdown of the EBT system, which caused people to ransack stores and take to the internet with threats of violence and rioting. The EBT/SNAP shutdown, which was reportedly caused by a technical glitch, only lasted for 5 hours; but even this short amount of time was more than enough to cause panic and chaos to kick in.
If the EBT system shuts down next month, we could see mass panic sweep over the country as millions of people attempt to hit the grocery stores, only to find out they have no way to pay for their food. If this weekend’s chaos was any indication of what we might see next month, people might want to start seriously thinking about what they’ll do should the chaos spread.