Marchers such as Pege Gilgannon, whose hands are shown above, took part in D.C.’s Grocery Walk on Oct. 14 to draw attention to the dearth of healthy food items in poorer areas of the District. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

We thank The Post for including an image from the Grocery Walk in the Oct. 15 Metro section ["Food for thought"]. What didn't come through in the photograph was the scale and tone of the event. Hundreds of Ward 7 and 8 residents were joined by allies from across the city, six D.C. Council members and representatives from the office of the mayor to elevate the issue of healthy food access for Washingtonians who live east of the Anacostia River.

Healthy food is not a luxury item. It's a basic human right. At the Grocery Walk on Oct. 14, the community mobilized and city officials stood together to build momentum for deeper investments in food access. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's (D) $3 million investment in closing the "grocery gap" is a strong step in the right direction. We look forward to continued support and creative solutions from her office in the coming year to guarantee healthy food access for all ["City awards $3 million to projects aimed at closing 'grocery gap,'  " Metro, Oct. 20].

Lauren Shweder Biel, Washington

The writer is executive director of DC Greens, a food justice organization that served as lead organizer
of the Grocery Walk.

Beverley Wheeler, Washington

The writer is executive director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger organization that authored the report "Closing the
Grocery Store Gap in the Nation's Capital."