Daniel Schmidt: “There is soup a bit later today … if you want a warm meal you have to wait half an hour longer. OK?”
Daniel Schmidt and his Elbschloss cellar are known in the Hamburg neighborhood. Both are cult. But the red light in the neighborhood was turned off, the Elbschloss cellar was closed for the first time ever – no sex, no fun in times of the corona crisis, and that in St. Pauli.
Daniel Schmidt: “The fact is that the weakest in our society do not have the help they need.”
“Who, if not us” – this was the motto under which Hamburg’s toughest pub in the Corona crisis was transformed into a soup kitchen and clothing store for the homeless. Long before the meal is handed out at 12 noon, a long line of people forms in front of the “Elbschlosskeller” – always at a safe distance of two meters, as is the case in the Corona crisis. Everyone is waiting for a plate of warm soup or a new sweater or jacket from the closet.
Daniel Schmidt: “We have the whole shop full of clothes and groceries, which I called up on Facebook. I was surprised how many people held together.”
Daniel Schmidt had already started distributing food, drinks and clothing to the needy with friends over the weekend. Even the professional optimist from St. Pauli would not have expected such solidarity.
Daniel Schmidt: “People saw that someone was doing something, he was doing the right thing. It all held together. It was so big, I hired three new people.
220 kg of food had already been collected at the start of the campaign. During the distribution of groceries, jackets, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags, the police also checked at times whether the two meter safety distance was being observed.
Daniel Schmidt: “I have no idea how long this will take, I will be here at the start as long as I am needed. As long as everyone is talking about Corona.”
The poor and people on the margins of society have always been among Daniel’s guests.
Daniel Schmidt: “Since we took over this place, the question has never been asked whether we do it and why. It’s unspoken, it should be just like that.
His friend Markus Tuschy from the nearby “Hidden Kitchen” spontaneously agreed to help.
Original soundtrack Markus Tuschy, Hidden Kitchen “There are many people who are worse off than me. People who are completely out of jobs. If I were to sit at home now, I would go crazy.”
If you want to help, you can contact the Facebook page of the “Elbschlosskeller”. For the food supplies, it had to be “stop” for the time being.
Daniel Schmidt: “I will now call stop on my Facebook page. We do not want to throw anything away. All of this must be brought up to man.”
Daniel Schmidt: “I’m needed, so I’m here!”