By: CBS 4 News
Sunday morning many Quad Citians can breathe easy and head to the grocery store.
Several local Hy-Vee stores tell CBS 4 that the system is back up and running, and folks can use their food stamp cards again.
Saturday a national computer problem had the system down and many were turned away when they tried to use their link cards (Illinois' version of food stamp debit cards).
Quad Citians we spoke with are glad the system is back up and running, but say they hope something like this never happens again.
"They're affecting kids and families. They really depend on that like I said if you have kids you need to feed your kids and if you can't feed them with the help you're getting, then you're really affecting them," said Sandra Velez, who has a link card.
By Roland Glembine / email@example.com
Many low income Quad Citians went hungry Saturday night due to a national computer glitch.
A sign greeted customers at the Rock Island Save-A-Lot Saturday night, apologizing for link cards(Illinois' version of food stamp debit cards) not working because of an outage at the vendor that processes the payments.
That occurred around 10 Saturday morning. The supervisor at the Rock Island Save-A-Lot says they had to turn away several customers.
As of Ten PM several Hy-Vee stores in Moline and Milan said the cards were still not working.
The outage affecting 17 states. In Iowa officials implemented an emergency plan of issuing vouchers iowans who receive snap benefits 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.