Visual Solutions LLC provides a unique operational reporting software product line for school food service called FUNDamentals. FUNDamentals products consist of the core application (FUNDamentals or MyFUNDamentals) and over 70 add-on modules and utilities that seamlessly extend the capabilities of the core applications based on the particular needs of any school district operation. We offer over 20 direct-connection imports for the most commonly used POS, Inventory, and Receiving BOH software providers used in the school foodservice industry. In addition, we offer extremely flexible text-based or spreadsheet imports for all major areas (Financial, Meal Counts, Eligibility Counts, Inventory Values, Labor Hours) of the FUNDamentals software. If sources of import are not available, then data may be keyed or may be generated from a vast array of software modules easily integrated into FUNDamentals. Other add-on modules are available to handle common scenarios and needs such as Prep Kitchen distribution of expenses, Contracted Meal Programs, Claims Exports, CEP/Provision Meal Allocation, and many more.
FUNDamentals
Visual Solutions, LLC was awarded a USDA grant in 2000, administered by the Institute of Child Nutition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) Research Department at the University of Southern Mississippi, to develop a software product available to all schools and school districts that adhered to ICNís document Financial Management Information System. After much research, the document was finalized in 2005 and can be downloaded from a link on this web site. ICNís FMIS document establishes guidelines for both financial and efficiency measurements and reporting for the school food service industry. Visual Solutions, LLC is still offering the resulting software product, FUNDamentals (formerly known as NFSMI FUNDamentals), at no cost for the first year, to any school food authority. The FUNDamentals software can be downloaded by registering on this website.
FUNDamentals is designed for small school districts where manual data entry does not present challenges. A yearly support agreement is required for collective yearly use.
For more information on the type of services available to schools under your authority please see the following web link:
To review the Institute of Child Nutritionís Financial Management Information System booklet please see the following web link:
MyFUNDamentals
When add-on modules, such as importing or record generators, are packaged with FUNDamentals the resulting product works under a unique customizable set of menu options. The menu options are the required monthly processes to obtain all analysis data. The menu options are arranged in order of operation and are collectively called MyFUNDamentals. School districts may purchase add-on modules separately or at an upgrade price. If purchased at an upgrade price then all importing, record generators, and modules not explicitly designated as Ďnot included in upgradesí are made available when needed.

What can FUNDamentals do for our district?
  • Provides efficiency and financial reporting for school food services
  • Provides benchmarks, goals, and operating objectives
  • Allows for comparisons between sites and other districts
  • Provides operational procedure guidelines and supervisory reporting
  • Provides feedback reporting to managers and staff
  • Shortcuts manual methods for reporting
  • State and USDA compliancy reporting