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Why People On Food Stamps Won't Be Able To Use Their Benefits This Weekend

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An electronic benefit transfer card shown on Feb. 4, 2010. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

This coming weekend people who rely on the state food and cash assistance program, known as EBT, will be out of luck, at least temporarily.California is transferring to a new EBT system. To do so, the state is shutting down operations for 24 hours starting 11 p.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. Sunday.That means recipients of the welfare program won't be able to make cash withdrawals or buy food with the EBT card during that time. Currently, around 1 million low-income Angelenos depend on the food assistance portion alone.To get more information, check out the California EBT website.This story also appeared on the radio. Listen to it on KPCC.