How Cooking Helped Change the Life of a New Orleans Katrina Survivor

August 21, 2015
By: Andrea Israel and Alexa Valiente, ABC News
Photo:AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

After Hurricane Katrina made its way through the Gulf coast, a million people were displaced and scattered across the country. For some who eventually came back home, the Big Easy's food community not only fed them, but gave hope to those struggling to rebuild their lives.

Syrena Johnson was 15 years old when Katrina left her and her family stranded in the unbearable heat for three days at their home in New Orleans.

“We all wanted help. That’s all we wanted was help, and nobody came to our aid for a long time. And that’s what makes me mad,” Johnson, now 25, said in an interview with “Good Morning America” anchor and Pass Christian, Mississippi, native Robin Roberts for the ABC News special “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm,” which airs on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. ET.