Clothes depots (Kleiderkammern)
In some types of accommodation there are clothes depots (Kleiderkammern). There you can receive well looked-after clothing and shoes donated by Hamburg residents – free of charge. If there is no clothes depot at your accommodation or you need more clothes, various other clothes depots can be found at other locations around Hamburg. Some clothes depots have special opening hours only for women and children.
Many depots (Kleiderkammern) are currently closed due to the corona virus.
- DRK-Kleiderkammer Lokstedt
Julius-Vosseler-Straße 2, Monday to Thursday 12 pm (noon) – 3 pm, https://www.drk-hamburg.de/angebote/existenzsichernde-hilfe/kleiderkammern.html.
- DRK-Kleiderkammer Harburg
Rote-Kreuz-Straße 3-5, Thursday 8 am – 11 am, https://www.drk-harburg.hamburg/kleiderspenden.html (costs: 1 € per clothing article)
- DRK-Kleiderkammer Osdorfer Born
Bornheide 99, please make an appointment: +49 40 84908083, https://www.drk-altona-mitte.de/angebote/standard-titel/kleiderkammer.html
- Caritas Kleiderkammer St. Georg, Danziger Straße 66, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm, https://www.caritas-hamburg.de/hilfe-und-beratung/arme-und-obdachlose/kleiderkammer/kleiderkammer.
- Kleiderkiste Altona-Nord
Please bring proof that you do not receive much money (for example your benefits entitlement (Leistungsbescheid) or your wage statement). Eppendorfer Weg 27, Monday 2 pm to 6 pm, Tuesday 10 am to 2 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, https://www.skf-altona.de/index.php/die-kleiderkiste/erreichbarkeit
- Kleiderkammer Gemeinde Schiffbek
Here, you can buy clothes at a low price. Billstedter Hauptstraße 86, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm, https://www.doppelfisch.de/angebote/beratung-unterstützung/
In some cases, it is possible to make an individual appointment: Rainer Picker, Tel.: +49 40 71403200.
- Umsonstladen Altona (For-free shop)
Not only can you find clothes here but also books or toys. Bodenstedtstraße 16, Monday 4 pm – 6 pm, Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesday 4 pm – 7 pm, Friday 10:30 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 12:30 pm, every 4th Monday of the month 10 am to 12 pm women-only, https://www.ak-loek.de/umsonstladen/
- Kleiderkammer Don Alfonso (Alimaus)
Nobistor 34, Wednesday 4 pm – 6 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 4 pm, https://www.alimaus.de/docs/148916/die-kleiderkammer.aspx
- Umsonstladen Haakestraße, Haakestraße 22, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm (noon) and 4 pm – 6 pm, Thursday 10 am – 12 pm (noon) and Friday 4 pm – 6 pm, https://www.umsonstladen-harburg.de/
Low budget community stores (Sozialkaufhäuser)
In low budget community stores people can buy used clothes, toys, books and furniture without spending a lot. The prices are low. To shop at these stores, you must bring proof that you do not receive much money (for example your benefits entitlement (Leistungsbescheid) or your wage statement). Please ask at each store directly to find out more about how to shop there. Sometimes it is necessary to bring a customer card. You can receive these at the store.
Many stores are currently closed due to the corona virus.
- SpendaBel Nord, Fuhlsbütteler Straße 416, Monday to Friday 10 am – 4:45 pm.
- SpendaBel St. Pauli
Detlev-Bremer-Str. 13, Monday to Friday 10 am – 3:45 pm
- SpendaBel Billstedt
Gundermannstraße 8, Monday to Friday 10 am – 4:45 pm
- SpendaBel Wilhelmsburg
Am Veringhof 15, Monday to Friday 10 am – 3:45 pm
- Sozialkaufhaus Bezahlbar Barmbek
Habichtstraße 126, Monday to Friday 10 am – 6 pm
- Sozialkaufhaus „KapHornKids”
Horner Landstrasse 140, Monday to Friday 8 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5 pm
- Hope’s House / Hope’s Boutique, Maimoorweg 62, Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
- Sozialkaufhaus Warengut
Altona Borselstraße 3, Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; http://warengut-grone.de/3077,Home.html
Brookkehre 32, Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm; https://sprungbrett-hh.de/03-mb/.
- Petri und Pauli Laden
Bergedorfer Schloßstraße 9, Monday 10 am – 12 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm, https://stpetriundpauli-bergedorf.de/joomla3/petri-und-pauli-laden.
Other similar stores: https://www.hamburg.de/sozialkaufhaeuser/
There are IT community stores (IT-Sozialkaufhäuser) as well. Here, you can find cheap PCs or laptops:
- AWO IT-Sozialkaufhaus, Auf dem Königslande 33, Monday to Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (+49 40 68913801), https://it-soka.de/
- Nutzmüll, Am Stadtrand 56, +49 40 74335235, Monday to Friday 8 am – 2:30 pm, https://www.nutzmuell.de/
Write an e-mail or call to inform the store how many computers or laptops you or your family need. The store will send you one or several offers which you can accept or decline. Afterwards, you can collect the computers or laptops in the store.
You must give proof that you do not receive much money (for example your benefits entitlement (Leistungsbescheid) or your wage statement). You may either attach this to your e-mail or show it at the store.
Food banks (Tafeln)
Food banks provide free or affordable food to those in need. There are several distribution points in Hamburg. Following presentation of proof that you do not receive much money (for example your benefits entitlement (Leistungsbescheid) or your wage statement) and registration you will receive food at these locations. The food banks are open despite the corona pandemic.
- Herz AS
Norderstraße 50, +49 40 232622, meals served Monday to Friday 2:30 pm
Neustädter Straße 31b, +49 40 280514662, Tuesday to Sunday 3 pm – 10 pm
- Borsteler Tisch
Borsteler Chaussee 23, +49 40 51431420, Wednesday 1 pm– 3 pm Please note: € 1 per meal! Only for people living in Folgeunterkünften (secondary accommodation) in Groß Borstel and the surrounding area
- CaFée mit Herz
Seewartenstraße 10, +49 40 31790260, Monday to Friday 7 am – 10 am and 2 pm – 5 pm, Saturday 7 am – 10 am
Food banks provide free or affordable food to those in need. There are several distribution points in Hamburg. Following presentation of proof of your asylum seeker status (e.g. your Bescheid für Asylsuchende (certificate of asylum seeker status)) and registration you will receive food at these locations.
- Mobile Bullysuppenküche e.V.
Tuesdays: Altonaer Theater, Museumsstraße 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Sundays every 2 weeks: in front of Saturn in the Mönckebergstraße 2 pm – 4 pm and in Capello Trinitatishauptkirche Altona, Königsstraße 11, 5 pm – 7 pm.
You can find information about current dates and times here: https://mobilebullysuppenkueche.de/verteilungen/
- ASB Sattmacher-Mobil
Monday: Holstenkamp 119, 2 pm. Thursday: Friedenskirche Altona (Otzenstraße 19), 2 pm.
A list of other distribution points can be found here: https://www.hamburg.de/beratung-hilfen/3120336/essensausgabestellen/ and https://hamburger-tafel.de/was-wir-tun/hilfseinrichtungen/.
Cheap food in supermarkets and discount stores
In supermarkets, you will mainly find food but also other products necessary for everyday life. Popular stores are for example: Edeka, Rewe, Real or Kaufland.
Discount stores are similar to supermarkets but usually a bit cheaper. Common store brands are for example Lidl, Aldi, Penny and Netto.
You can find prescription-free remedies, cosmetic products and items for house and garden in drugstores like dm, Rossmann and Budni.
Of course, there are other supermarkets, discount stores and drugstores that we have not mentioned here. Additionally, you can find food on markets and in small stores. Shopping there is often a bit more expensive though.
Last updated: 12.01.2022