The food bank in Newcastle is one of the busiest in the country and has helped tens of thousands of people.
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One of the busiest food banks in the UK – made famous in the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ – has been forced to close due to ‘mindless’ vandals.
A fire extinguisher was used to smash windows and damage the main hall at the West End Food Bank in Newcastle. The Mirror first featured its work in 2014.
It was then feeding 1,000 people a week, around 150,000 people over three years, to become the busiest in the country.
Manager Michael Nixon said about 100 people still collect their food allowance from the site every day. Director Ken Loach filmed scenes there, with volunteers playing extras.
The film was shot in 2016 and tells the story of Daniel Blake who ends up being plunged into poverty and losing his disability allowance after being diagnosed with heart problems.
Mr Nixon said nothing was stolen during the attack but the damage is extensive.
“It is just mindless vandalism that stops us doing the work we do,” he said. “We had a break-in last week with less damage done.
“Some money was taken from a cupboard so they may have come back hoping there was going to be more cash.