As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded across the country putting millions of people out of work, demand for food assistance has skyrocketed. Outside one food bank in Pittsburgh in early April, the line of cars waiting to pick up provisions stretched for miles. At the same time, enrollment in SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, has steadily climbed alongside the nation's historic unemployment figures. Wading through the bureaucratic application requirements for government programs like SNAP can be daunting, particularly for those who've never done it before. Adding to the complexity is the fact that the benefits are delivered at the state level with varying rules and application processes. To help, we've assembled some key tips and requirements to keep in mind when applying for food assistance.