Food service workers make kids priority

Child Development Center and Youth Center food service workers pose for a photo at the CDC April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The team provides breakfast, lunch and a snack to the CDC and breakfast and a snack to the kids at the Youth Center during the school year and when they are out of school. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Child Development Center and Youth Center food service workers pose for a photo at the CDC April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The team provides breakfast, lunch and a snack to the CDC and breakfast and a snack to the kids at the Youth Center during the school year and when they are out of school. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Phatsunporn Nabnaid, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, cleans the sinks after breakfast at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. After each meal is distributed, the next one is prepared for a total of three meals per day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Phatsunporn Nabnaid, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, cleans the sinks after breakfast at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. After each meal is distributed, the next one is prepared for a total of three meals per day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Cooking utensils are shown at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Food service workers pass out dishes and utensils for all three meals and pick up, sanitize and wash after every meal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Cooking utensils are shown at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Food service workers pass out dishes and utensils for all three meals and pick up, sanitize and wash after every meal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Food is shown in the refrigerator prepared for the day at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Meals are prepared an hour in advance, because all food has to be served at the same time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Food is shown in the refrigerator prepared for the day at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Meals are prepared an hour in advance, because all food has to be served at the same time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Yasmine Redmond, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, delivers bowls and utensils to the pre-toddler class at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Bowls and utensils are delivered before each of the three meals, and cleaned and sanitized after each meal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Yasmine Redmond, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, delivers bowls and utensils to the pre-toddler class at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Bowls and utensils are delivered before each of the three meals, and cleaned and sanitized after each meal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Judith Suden, 341st FSS kitchen supervisor, purées pear slices for babies to eat at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Suden incorporates fruits and vegetables to the meals prepared for the children, which is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Air Force guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Judith Suden, 341st FSS kitchen supervisor, purées pear slices for babies to eat at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Suden incorporates fruits and vegetables to the meals prepared for the children, which is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Air Force guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Denise Dinkins, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, wraps bowls of sliced pears at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Food is prepped and stored up to seven days after opening. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

Denise Dinkins, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker, wraps bowls of sliced pears at the Child Development Center April 24, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Food is prepped and stored up to seven days after opening. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Month of the Military Child is celebrated every year in April, but oftentimes we fail to realize what food service workers provide behind the scenes for children.

“We play an important role in the lives of the kids at the Child Development Center and the Youth Center,” said Yasmine Redmond, 341st Force Support Squadron food service worker.

Judith Suden, 341st FSS kitchen supervisor, and her team of four serve breakfast, lunch and a snack throughout different times of the year to the kids at the CDC, and the Youth Center.

“Before every meal we clean the dishes and drop them off to each class,” Suden said. “Then we go back around and drop the food off.”

The food that is served is checked by the United States Department of Agriculture, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Air Force guidelines, and the facility is checked by Public Health once a month for cleanliness.

Along with cleanliness, the food menu is sent to a dietician.

“I create a five-week menu that incorporates fruits and vegetables,” Suden said. “After the menu is created, I send it to the dietician on base to get approved.”

According to Denise Dinkins, 341st FSS food service worker, they try to cater to what the children like, whether it’s offering their favorite snack or giving them a treat when they have been good.

It takes a lot to learn the program, according to Redmond, from catering meals to accommodating those with allergies, to learning what the children like.

“I love my job and enjoy working with the other ladies,” Redmond said. “I am retired Air Force, so I enjoy the routine that comes with this job, because at the end of the day, the kids are our priority.”