LEETON shire households are among those from the rest of the state wasting up to $1000 in food every year.
According to the Food Waste Report, commissioned by Rabobank, people in NSW are wasting 12 per cent of the food they buy, totaling $922 per household each year.
The study found three quarters of Australians "care: about reducing waste, but there's still work to be done with the country wasting a collective $8.9 billion on food in 2018.
Foodbank's produce manager for the Riverina Lou Revelant said there was no doubting food waste remained a major problem.
"It's definitely still a huge issue ... I don't think you will ever fully reduce it," he said.
"Not in individual households. I'm always arguing with my family about it and we certainly don't waste much at all."
"People are trying though.
"It's a bit of a catch 22 for us (Foodbank). No one wants to see food being wasted, but for farms with leftover produce, that's exactly what we need and what we use to help feed people across the state."
In 2017-18, Foodbank saved millions of kilograms from food from landfill, turning it into nutritious and healthy meals from those who are struggling.
According to the report from Rabobank, baby boomers remain the least wasteful and its those aged under 36 that are the repeat offenders.
"I think the biggest problem households is, is they will buy something one day, not finish it and toss it away rather than having it for leftovers the next day," Mr Revelant said.
"That's really food waste.
"As far as Foodbank is concerned, we handled something like 12 million kilos of food in the ACT and NSW, so that's a hell of a lot of food that's been saved and gone to help other people."
Foodbank doesn't accept donations from individual households for its work, but does encourage residents to be mindful of their waste.
Farmers in the MIA can however donate any extra produce they may have to Foodbank.
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