"Programmers' Mistake" Leaves Food Stamp Users Hungry

Computer programmers made a mistake that left food stamp users hungry

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 11:56 AM PDT
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A computer glitch is leaving poor Californians hungry.

The Electronic Benefit Cards for nearly 40,000 state residents in 18 counties were "rendered useless" on Monday, the Orange County Registered first reported.

The state-issued cards are given to families or individuals with low-income and can be used like debit cards at supermarkets, farmer's markets, and some eateries, according to the Associated Press.

Programmers working on the system "accidentally" canceled the cards. Replacement cards will be issued and the problem was supposed to be fixed on Tuesday.

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