(CNN/WSYR-TV) - A computer failure stopped the processing of food stamp purchases in parts of the country Saturday, a Xerox spokeswoman confirmed.
The service is now restored.
A system shutdown began at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, spokeswoman Karen Arena said.
Xerox -- a contractor for the program -- released a statement saying the issue was fixed sometime Saturday night
There were no reports of issues in Central New York.
The food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, allows many beneficiaries to present a payment card at grocery stories. Some of those transactions were being prevented Saturday in unspecified parts of the country.
The program is administered by the Department of Agriculture.
Officials in several states said the computer problem was not related to the government shutdown.
Here's a list of the states that were affected: Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.