HUNGRY CHILDREN

Unidentified children bathe in plastic tubs outside of a house in Plainview, Calif., on Friday, June 6, 2003. Despite being located in the nation’s richest farm belt, a fourth of Tulare County’s population lives in poverty, the highest rate in the state. Twenty percent of California’s children were living in poverty in 1999, the latest figures available. That’s three percent above the national average, according to the 2003 Kids Count Data Book, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study, released Wednesday, June 11, 2003, put California 39th in the nation for the percent of children in poverty, tied with Kentucky, Montana and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)