Iowa Implements Workaround For Food Stamp Outage
by Associated Press
October 12, 2013 6:34 PM
Iowa officials have implemented an emergency plan of issuing vouchers to low-income residents after computer problems caused electronic payments for food stamps to fail across the country.
The Iowa Department of Human Services says it already had a contingency plan in place for just such emergencies.
Iowans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and find that their electronic benefit card isn't working are able to fill out a voucher and receive $50 daily in food assistance. DHS says the contingency plan has no financial impact to grocers.
Wendy Rickman, who administers the food stamp program for DHS, says the plan makes certain that people have access to food each day, "and that no SNAP recipients go hungry."
DHS says more than 400,000 Iowans receive food assistance each month.