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— Karl Marx

Food Stamps System Crash

Oct 28, 2013

Tens of millions of low-income people could not buy groceries on Saturday, October 12 due to a crash of the food stamps computer system in 17 states.

SNAP–the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–puts money on electronic cards for families to buy food. Xerox, the Fortune 500 Company, gets paid to maintain these food stamp cards.

They said the problem was due to a back-up generator failing along with a telephone back-up system failing as well.

In Michigan, the Department of Human Services says they will withhold 15 percent from Xerox’s October invoice due to “vendor non-compliance.”

Michigan says their monthly bill from Xerox is over half a million dollars to “run” food stamps.

Xerox said: “We apologize for any inconvenience.” Wow! No compensation for the millions of children sent to bed hungry? Xerox, this HUGE recipient of corporate welfare, has the gall to display SUCH an arrogant attitude!