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However, some people in need are unable to cook for themselves, due to the lack of time and cooking facilities in their living places, and cannot afford to buy a nutritious meal. Taking hot-meal services to the elderly by non government organizations(NGOs) as a guide, the government can provide financial resources for NGOs having kitchens in their community facilities to provide subsidized nutritious meal.
Q1. Is the underlined phrase rightly used?
Q2. Can I use any other expreseeion with the meaning of " taking something as a guide/example" to make it a bit more formal?
A1. IMO, no. Taking X as a guide means Y decided to follow suit and do the same as X. Y would not provide support for X. Rather, Y would do what X is doing by itself, because X is a guide, an example.
A2. I would say "using X as an example" might sound slightly more formal than "taking X as a guide".