Shoppers around the country could not use their EBT food stamp cards because of a computer problem Saturday.
KGAN-TV reported that North Carolina was one of several states impacted and others included Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania and New York.
Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues, according to the Associated Press.
Arena said the company is addressing the issue and the system should be restored soon.
The outage is not related to the government shutdown, said U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe.
Xerox runs EBT card systems for 17 states and all were affected by the outage.
Read more: The Associated Press