Helping Hands en Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling <p>Springfield's effort to reduce panhandling in the downtown area is facing a legal challenge.&nbsp;&nbsp; While business owners say a city ordinance has worked, critics say it infringes on free speech rights.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18279 at Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling Food Stamp Cut "Will Affect Our Population Big Time" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Food pantries and homeless shelters say they're beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Fri., Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked as a result of the recession expires this week.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Individuals enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could see their benefits cut by $11 a month. A family of four could see a decrease of $36.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:19:40 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11877 at Food Stamp Cut "Will Affect Our Population Big Time"