Hundreds of reports on Twitter from many parts of the country indicate that Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards (the electronic version of food stamps) are not working this afternoon.

https://twitter.com/SweetKisses_86/status/389102224825397249

https://twitter.com/Annuh93/status/389102130830639104

https://twitter.com/kaybaby_96/status/389102161709518848

Some Twitter users are blaming the government shutdown:

https://twitter.com/ATXChristina/status/389099841277538306

https://twitter.com/MsHairChic/status/389098392682381313

https://twitter.com/eruditeleo/status/389088590078410752

Actually, it probably is a coincidence. According to CBS, the problems can be traced to a glitch in a computer system upgrade. The federal EBT website has been shut down, however, and people calling the customer service line were told to try again later in the day.

Nevertheless, if the problem is not fixed soon, things could get ugly.

https://twitter.com/LCNEALY/status/389088327988961280

https://twitter.com/handsumdevil/status/389096865771188224

https://twitter.com/msprettysecret_/status/389094269816176640

https://twitter.com/thebrokenplate/status/389102350356733952