Melanie Tate

CEO and founder Puddle Jumpers Inc.

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Melanie Tate is the CEO and founder of Puddle Jumpers Inc, which provides food and welfare services to some of South Australia’s most at-risk children.

Founded in 2012, Puddle Jumpers helps children living away from their birth parents form positive childhood memories through experiences like camps, activity days and mentoring programs. The charity also offers practical support to vulnerable families who might otherwise fall through the cracks – with access to free food, clothing and essential household items at their weekly Community Food Nights.

At the start of the pandemic, Puddle Jumpers adapted and expanded its services to meet unprecedented calls for help from families in need. Since then, they’ve provided drive-by food collections in nine locations throughout South Australia, handing out thousands of hampers to families and individuals doing it tough.

Melanie volunteers countless hours to the organisation, inspiring hundreds of others to do the same. Through her dedication, she makes an enormous difference to the lives of thousands of South Australian children and families.