Two Days From Pandemonium: What Will Happen if the EBT System Isn't Funded Next Month

Take a moment to read this letter from the USDA to SNAP state agency directors:

Let that sink in for a moment. The states are being directed to withhold EBT transfers for the month of November until further notice. Should this happen, 50 million American citizens will be left without the means to feed their families until their cards are once again funded. Most of these people aren't working and don't have the money to buy food because they're largely dependent on government handouts to feed their families. If their cards aren't funded for more than a day or two, expect wide-scale chaos, especially in lower-income areas rife with those needing assistance.

If and when the EBT system stops feeding the poor, expect wide-scale civil unrest.

What does this mean to the average person who doesn't require assistance? It means you'd better be prepared for the chaos. When the EBT system went down for a few hours on October 12th things started to get ugly. Here's what the Twitterverse has to say about the EBT cutoff:

Just don't kill too many people with jobs. They're the ones paying for your benefits.

If the EBT system isn't funded, expect rioting and looting in grocery stores as desperate people grab as much food as they can get. Once the food in the poor areas is gone, grocery stores everywhere will be looted. After that, chaos will ensue. Here's to hoping the government doesn't let things get to that point.

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Things could get ugly in a hurry.