Sunshine Cathedral gathers volunteers to assemble “Storm Preparedness Bags” in preparation for the peak of hurricane season

Sunshine Cathedral, The World’s Largest Progressive Queer Church, physically located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will group volunteers to assemble “Storm Preparedness Bags” for distribution on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 in preparation for the peak of hurricane season. The Community Foundation of Broward has issued a grant to the Food Sharing Ministry. With support of the grant, the Food Sharing Ministry will distribute hurricane preparedness kits including non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, flashlights, batteries, and more.

In 2022, the food-sharing ministry fed over 30,000 people. The Sunshine Cathedral Food Sharing Ministry Team accepts food donations from the community as well as community partner organizations, and their efforts strive to help bring the community closer together. “What makes our outreach unique is that Sunshine Cathedral does not discriminate against anyone. We don’t ask for any identification or income verification… No questions asked. If you’re hungry, we feed you.” – Rev. Dr. Anne Atwell.

For context on the importance of this work, in 2022, a Category 4 storm, Ian packed 150 mph sustained winds and 10-15 feet of storm surge, making it one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in Florida, nearly 200+ people died and thousands experienced homelessness.  This initiative by Sunshine Cathedral and the Food Sharing Ministry is designed to help those who are preparing and getting ready for the hurricane season, and to mitigate the damage of and help people impacted by extreme weather.

For more information on the Sunshine Cathedral Food Ministry Team and their services, go to Food Sharing Ministry Website or contact Rev. Dr. Anne Atwell at or at 954-462-2004.

About Sunshine Cathedral

Sunshine Cathedral is The World’s Largest Progressive Queer Church with both a local and global congregation of over 30,000. Celebrating 51 years, the Church is physically located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are a progressive spiritual community with deep roots in Christian worship as well as the Gay Rights movement. While Jesus is our primary faith symbol we are non-dogmatic and are open to the truths expressed in various religions, philosophies, poetry, art, and science. We at Sunshine Cathedral affirm that all people have sacred value (“You are God’s miracle and not God’s mistake”), that God is omnipresent Love, and while we love the bible we tend to interpret it allegorically rather than literally. We resist weaponizing scripture and we believe religion is wrongly used when it is used to demonize, dehumanize, and demoralize people. Learn more at