John Edwards will be honored alongside rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Elvis Costello in New York City June 9 by the group World Hunger Year (WHY) for his work fighting poverty.

Edwards and Costello will both receive the group's 2008 WHY-Chapin award "for their exemplary work and dedication on issues of hunger and poverty on a local, national and worldwide level," the group said today in a release. Poverty was the central issue of Edwards's 2008 presidential run.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Senate panel advances three spending bills FBI has no excuse to hide future scandals from American public MORE (D-Vt.), who has served on WHY's board of directors for 25 years, will be an honorary chairman of the awards dinner at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

Here's what the group had to say about Edwards and Costello in its release: