Some good news for needy families came out of Springfield, Illinois this evening (Dec. 21), state officials say food stamp benefits will be restored by this week for tens of thousands of Illinois households that lost them because of problems with a state computer system.
Officials with Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Thursday that the benefits would be restored by the end of Friday, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
The issue with funds arose due to a computer upgrade, according to the DHS. The department began upgrading their systems in 2013 and the second phase of the upgrade started in October of 2017. The changes to the system cause a glitch that resulted in over 40,000 families losing their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, more commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.
A DHS spokeswoman said about 5,000 who remain without them should have them restored Friday.