SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A computer glitch that inadvertently cancelled food stamp cards has left tens of thousands of Californians unable to use them to buy food.
Electronic Benefit Cards for nearly 40,000 people in 18 counties were rendered useless Monday because of computer problems that began Sunday.READ MORE: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
The state-issued cards contain money balances and can be used at supermarkets, farmers markets and some restaurants to purchase food and other items.READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Special Teams Spark 13-10 Upset Of Green Bay Packers To Advance To NFC Championship Game
Authorities say programmers updating software on the computer system accidentally canceled the cards.
Officials expected to have the problem fixed sometime Tuesday morning. Replacement cards also are available at county social service centers.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Forces Evacuations; 'Some Pretty Surreal Fire Behavior'
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