Besides federal employees working without pay now some grocery stores are unable to accept EBT and food stamps due to the government shutdown.
Clay City’s IGA has been turning away customers who want to pay with EBT and food stamps for a little over a week.
“It’s going to affect it a lot. There is a lot of people around here that’s on food stamps,” said Rachel Lynch.
The IGA has accepted this payment method for years.
“Our machines weren’t taking any EBT cards and we didn’t really know what was going on. We didn’t know if it was a technical issue. And then we found out it was due to the government shutting down,” Tristen Malone said.
Cashiers say customers are angry.
“They’re really upset about it, which is understandable. I mean that’s like, you know, really discouraging that they can’t use it. And I mean we’ve had some people even get mad about it but it’s like out of our control, there’s nothing we can do about it,” Malone said.
Until the government is up and running again, folks in Clay City will have to look for other sources for groceries.
“I’d say the food pantries are gonna be booming as far as people going there for food,” Rachel Lynch said.
Malone emphasized that her staff is just as upset with the issue as their customers.
She said as soon as the shutdown is lifted she hopes her store will be able to once again cater to the needs of her community.