A 'lifeline' for nearly 30M Americans is about to end

Deanna Hardy of Marshfield, Wisconsin, is stocking up on pricier food items like meat, eggs and salmon.

She is stocking up on pricier food before her family’s monthly food stamp benefits are drastically reduced.

"We're going to have to end up going back to cheaper items like noodles and processed stuff because the meat, the dairy, fruits and veggies. It's expensive." the mom of two told ABC News.

Deanna Hardy is one of nearly 30 million Americans bracing for a significant cut in their monthly food assistance.

After three years, the government is ending pandemic-era payments on March 1 for low-income families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Eighteen states have already ended the extra SNAP benefits.

The ending of pandemic-era payments impacting some 12 million Americans.

The average household will lose $95 a month for groceries.

After the special benefit allotment goes away, the Hardys' monthly SNAP benefit will plummet from $960 to $200 a month.

"I don’t think the cuts could have happened at a worse time, "When the extra payments began, food prices were nowhere near where they are now, "Hardy said.